8th Oct 1917: Exhausted 22nd Bn prepares for next attack

Despite being exhausted and expecting relief, orders were received to move forward and relieve the 18th Battalion. The fighting strength of the Battalion at this stage was now little more than 100, and it was necessary to bring up the men that had formed the Battalion nucleus at Caestre. Once back in the front line trenches orders for the following days attack were communicated to all concerned and final preparations made. The main thrust of the attack by nine British, Anzac and French divisions would be towards the village of PoelcappelleThe 22nd Battalion would be on the far right flank, with the junction with the 8th Battalion on their right the southerly pivot point for the whole attack.


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